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Asparagus Ham Swirls

 Asparagus Ham Swirls
I came across the recipe for this hot appetizer years ago and have made it many tomes to share with friends and co-workers. Asparagus, ham and cheese combine into a fun finger food. —Nancy Ingersol, Midlothian, Illinois
16 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 16 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 16 thin slices fully cooked ham
  • 16 slices process Swiss cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Canola oil

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook asparagus in a small amount of water until
  • crisp-tender, about 6-8 minutes; drain well. Spread about 1 teaspoon
  • of mustard on each ham slice. Top with one slice of cheese.
  • Place an asparagus spear at one end (trim to fit if needed). Roll up
  • each ham slice tightly; secure with three toothpicks. Dip ham rolls
  • in egg, then roll in bread crumbs.
  • In an electric skillet, heat 1 in. of oil to 350°. Fry rolls, a
  • few at a time, until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Drain on paper
  • towels; keep warm.
  • Cut each roll between the toothpicks into three pieces. Yield: 4
  • dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (3 each) equals 144 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 670 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 7 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 12 g protein.